Twenty Dogs Rescued from High Kill Shelters Arrive at Airport in New Jersey

“I go down to the Florida area a lot,” he said. “I thought, why not? We can do this. We’ve done ten transports and brought up 120 dogs in a little under two years. It’s my way of giving back.”

8.11.14 - Twenty Dogs Rescued from High Kill Shelters Arrive at Airport in New Jersey

A chartered flight carrying 20 dogs rescued from high kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina landed at Morristown Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon.  There was a mix of puppies and young dogs on board, and this effort to save these barely begun lives is all thanks to Rich Errico of Home for Good (HFG) dog rescue.

Errico is from New Providence, New Jersey.  He makes regular trips every other week in the HFG van down south, and brings back dogs to foster families, hopefully to be later placed in permanent homes.  The ride takes him over twelve and a half hours to make, and it can be stressful not just for him, but for the dogs as well.

However, thanks to a local animal lover that owns an airline service, a few times a year some of these lucky dogs only have a one and a half hour trip to make back to New Jersey.  Dirk van der Sterre is the owner/manager of FTC-FBO, and owns a private airport terminal at Morristown.  Whenever he makes flights that take him down south, he brings back as many dogs as he can carry on his way back.

“I go down to the Florida area a lot,” he said.  “I thought, why not?  We can do this.  We’ve done ten transports and brought up 120 dogs in a little under two years.  It’s my way of giving back.”

Errico said, “It’s a great opportunity for us.  And so much better for the dogs.  The van ride can be stressful for them.  On the plane, they hardly know they have traveled anywhere.  It’s much less stressful.  Dirk arranges these every couple of months.  He is gracious enough to help us out.”

On his last trip, Dirk fell in love with a black Lab pup named Bree.  Apparently black Labs are a personal favorite of Dirk’s, as he already has one at home named Jasmine.  He just had to adopt Bree.

“That’s his absolute favorite,” said Dirk’s wife Jill.  “It’s his favorite cheese and kind of dog,” she teased.

“She was sitting on my wife’s lap during the last trip,” Dirk said.  “Then I held her.  That was it.”  He just had to have more Bree in his life, so he adopted her, and she is doing well as a member of Dirk and Jill’s family.

63 thoughts on “Twenty Dogs Rescued from High Kill Shelters Arrive at Airport in New Jersey

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  2. You’re a good man Rich Errico! Putting that plane to good use to help all of these precious animals!

  3. Awesome. However, the basic problem remains:how do we get more animal spayed and neutered? This needs fixing, so high kill shelters go out of business.

  4. cathy the vets charge a lot a lot of people with kids haven’t got the money to outlay, you need a vet who became a vet for the love of animals not money unfortunately a lot a moneyvets they don’t truly care, the other way is a donation page and opening a no kill shelter yourself giving the kill shelter the shits!

  5. We need to spay and neuter the people who allow this. EVERY Councillor take a turn going to the shelter and deciding which gets killed and then have to do it.. we would see some changes

  6. …but to the person bashing veterinarians and saying they should do things for free and they are all about the money…you obviously don’t know how much student loan debt they have ($100K plus) and they come out of school making about only $40K – $50K per year. It is not like being an MD who makes a 6 digit income. I have worked at a vet clinic and know multiple veterinarians who are struggling to make ends meet. Also, they cannot just do things for free…they cannot use their boss’ equipment, medications, sutures, and anesthesia etc for free.

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